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Physics of Surfaces

Physical properties of surfaces and interfaces are relevant in nearly all areas of science and engineering. The fundamental interactions between surfaces, the surrounding fluid and small objects in the fluid play an important role, for example in biology, biotechnology, mechanical engineering, or petroleum geology. The common research question can be expressed as “How does the interplay between physical surface properties, surface and interface chemistry, and fluid flow affect the entire system?”

We follow an interdisciplinary approach focusing on physical, chemical and biological properties of surfaces. The connection between surfaces and fluids is of particular interest because it is essential in many technological systems. Our research portfolio targets at a better understanding of the interplay between surface pattering (morphological and chemical) and modification with the fluid flow. Experimental methods such as microscopy, microfluidics, or spectroscopy are essential tools.

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